About ASN

Ronald J. Falk, MD, FASN, Past President

ASN Biography

Ronald J. Falk, MD, FASN, is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, as well as a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN). He has served in various capacities within the ASN, including numerous program and education committees, as well as the ASN Council. He served as president of ASN from 2011–2012.

Dr. Falk graduated from Dartmouth College and obtained his MD from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He served as Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the University of North Carolina from 1993–2015, when he became Chair of the Department of Medicine in June, 2015. In 2005, he became co-founder and Director of the UNC Kidney Center. He is also Chair of Carolina Dialysis, LLC and Chair and Co-Founder of the Carolina Vascular Access Center.

Dr. Falk is recognized as an international expert in vasculitis and autoimmune kidney disease. For over three decades, his research has focused on autoimmune diseases of the kidney and those kidney diseases that are marked by inflammation of the glomeruli (glomerulonephritis), especially ANCA vasculitis. His research has led to a deeper understanding of the causes or conditions that may lead to the development of ANCA vasculitis, such as genetic inheritance, exposure to chemicals or toxins in the environment, or infection. He has published over 200 clinical and research articles in highly prestigious journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Journal of Clinical Investigation, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among others.

Among the numerous honors he has received, Dr. Falk was appointed Allan Brewster Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in July, 2011. He has been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” every year since 1982 and has been an invited lecturer around the world.

Dr. Falk lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife Katherine, who is also a nephrologist. They have three children—Benjamin, Kristine, and John.